Even as Mysore is gearing up for Dasara-2013 festivities, scheduled to be inaugurated on Oct.5, the city woke up this morning to a series of events like Half-Marathon to create awareness about traffic rules, Walkathons for a healthy heart and Yogathon for a healthy mind and body.

Celebration Mysore Half-Marathon

Life is Calling Sports in association with MYRA School of Business with support from Mysore Traffic Police, companies and institution had organised the third edition of Celebration Mysore Half- Marathon and 10K run to support the initiative of Police Department in creating awareness about following traffic rules and regulations to ensure safe driving in city and also to support the cause of Let’s Do It! Mysore campaign to create a cleaner Mysore in city this morning.

The event included half-marathon of 21 kms, 10 kms run and five kms run.

The Half-Marathon was flagged off at 6.30 am from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple by Williams of MYRA in which about 500 participants from various States in the country took part. The runners passed through Devaraj Urs Road, Metropole Circle, Hunsur Road, Kukkarahalli Lake, SJCE Road, Bogadi, Kukkarahalli Lake, Ramaswamy Circle, Chamaraja Double Road and culminated at Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple.

The 10K run in which about 680 participants from across the State participated was flagged off at 6.45 am by Dy. Mayor V. Shailendra from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple. The runners passed through Devaraj Urs Road, JLB Road, Hunsur Road, Open Air Theatre Road, Kukkarahalli Lake, Ramaswamy Circle and Chamaraja Double Road.

The 5-km run was flagged off at 7 am by B.S. Prashanth, President, Mysore Travel Agents Association from Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple. The runners numbering about 500 from city passed through Devaraj Urs Road, JLB Road, DC’s Office, Crawford Hall, Ramaswamy Circle, Chamaraja Double Road and reached Kote Anjaneyaswamy Temple.

Specially-abled children of Rotary Midtown participated in the walk flagged off by MCC Commissioner P.G. Ramesh. They passed through MCC Office Road, Dasara Exhibition Road, Hardinge Circle and culminated at the Temple premises.

Vehicular traffic was diverted on all the routes to facilitate runners. Placards with the message of de-addiction from tobacco, alcohol and drugs were displayed. P.B. Mitra, Director, Life is Calling was present.

Walkathon: It was also a day of Walkathons in city, organised by the new JSS Super Specialty Hospital, Apollo BGS Hospital and Cardiological Society of India, Mysore, as part of World Heart Day.

At JSS Hospital: The Walkathon at the new Hospital on M.G. Road was flagged off by K.B. Ganapathy, Editor-in-Chief, SOM at 7.30 am today. Speaking on the occasion, he said that earlier the secret of good health was ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ but now it is ‘Walk a mile and keep the doctor away’ and urged people to walk daily for a healthy heart.

Dr. Basavana Gowdappa, Principal, JSS Medical College, said that the event had been organised to create awareness on healthy heart and to shun the use of tobacco and junk food.

About 500 students from JSS College of Pharmacy, Dental College, Medical College, lecturers, professors and staff, carrying placards with messages such as No Smoking, Eat healthy food, Keep Blood Pressure under control participated in the Walkathon which passed through Agrahara Circle, Sanskrit College, JSS Mahavidyapeeta and culminated at the new JSS Hospital.

Dr. R.K. Chaturvedi, Director, JSS Hospital, Dr. Nagaraj Desai, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Shyam Prasad Shetty and Dr. Umesh, Consultant Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons were present.

At Apollo BGS Hospital: The Walkathon, which began at 9.15 am, was flagged off by VC Prof. K.S. Rangappa by releasing the balloons.

Hospital staff, Nursing students and others numbering about 100 carrying placards with messages on healthy heart passed through Anikethana road, Kuvempunagar Double Road, Vijaya Bank Circle, New Kantharaj Urs road and culminated at the hospital premises.

Cardiological Society of India (CSI), Mysore: About 300 medical students, lecturers, professors, staff and nursing students of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC&RI), as part of World Heart Day, took out a rally at 8 am to create awareness among the public about the ways of keeping a healthy heart. The rally which was flagged off by MLA Vasu, went round the J.K. Ground.

Later, a heart check up camp for journalists and their families, organised by Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd. in association with CSI was inaugurated by Co-operation Minister H.S. Mahadeva Prasad at the Platinum Jubilee Hall at J.K. Grounds at 11 am. About 300 journalists and their families attended.

CSI Mysore Chapter President Dr. Sadananda, Secretary Dr. Harsha Basappa, Mysore District Journalists Association Vice- President Pragathi Gopalakrishna, General Secretary K. Deepak and journalist Krishna Vattam were present.

Yogathon: The day also witnessed a Yogathon, organised by Yoga Dasara Sub-Committee with a new concept called ‘Smruthi Yoga’ for SSLC students at Nada Mantapa of Ganapati Ashram in city today to boost their concentration, memory power and self-confidence.

About 1600 SSLC students from various schools in city participated in this programme which was inaugurated by Ganapati Sachidananda Swamiji.

Speaking on the occasion, the Seer hailed yoga as a divine art which originated ages ago. He pointed out that Yoga would tone all organs and muscles of the body and refresh the mind too.

District In-charge Minister V. Sreenivasa Prasad inaugurated ‘Yoga Rasadhare’, a quiz programme.

IGP (Southern Range) Dr. K. Ramachandra Rao, SP Abhinav Khare, AYUSH Director Vinaykumar Gogi and office bearers of Yoga Dasara Sub-Committee were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore